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VSP - TANZANIA

The Toa Nafasi Project

Moshi

The mission of The Toa Nafasi Project is to address the needs of primary schoolchildren in Tanzania by assessing their abilities, cultivating their strengths, and resolving their weaknesses.  By working in collaboration with teachers, parents, and the community at large, Toa Nafasi enriches the classroom experience and devises innovative and inspiring teaching methodologies that encourage participation and critical thinking.  The goal of The Toa Nafasi Project is to elicit creativity and distinction in academic performance, extracurricular activities, and to provide each child with a chance to excel.


To date, Toa Nafasi has created and implemented an assessment tool based on the Brigance module for a pilot program to identify students with learning difficulties in a public primary school in rural Kilimanjaro.  Relationships are being cultivated with local partners in order to obtain more services for students with various other disabilities.


Services and items needed are:

  • Teacher trainers for primary school children with learning difficulties;
  • Training for paraprofessionals;
  • School supplies;
  • Educational games;
  • Lesson planning books.


Sarah Rosenbloom, The Toa Nafasi Project Founder & Director, with one of her students.

Jaffery Academy - Intellectual Enhancement Unit (SEN)

Arusha

The Mission is to educate them to the highest achievable extent in order to integrate within the society.

 SWALEHA MOHAMEDALI is the founder and head of the Special Education Needs Unit at the Jaffery Academy (where she currently works), introduced inclusive education to the Academy and re-emphasized it throughout the country.

Services and items needed:
  • Speech therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Vocational & Pre-Vocational trainers
  • Behavioral therapists

More Photos Here

 Jaffery Academy staff with 

 IASE members Iris Drower and Mary Gale Budzisz.

 

The Paediatric Occupational Therapy Programme

Mnazi Mmoja Hospital 

Stone Town, Zanzibar


This program serves multiply disabled newborns through early childhood. The newly remodeled rooms are beautiful with a deck overlooking the Indian Ocean. One room is set up for occupational therapy and the second has been developed into a special education classroom.


The programme requests help with:

  • Pre-school skills for children;
  • Training of teachers to work with children with learning disabilities;
  • Assessment tools for children;
  • Funding and books.


(Learn more here.)

This little boy loved riding on the new motorcycle provided by IASE GIVING funds.   He is on the hospital decking overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Diana Women Empowerment Organization

Tanga


The major mission of Diana Women Empowerment Organization is to provide services and empower targeted groups especially the orphans and widows living with HIV/AIDS. 


Because education is an important component of this organization, they need volunteers to:

  • Provide academic assistance to orphans during school vacations; June and December;
  • Provide school fees, food, clothing and school supplies to orphans and vulnerable children.

 

(More photos and articles here.)

Farida Khakoo (L), Director and Marg Csapo, (R) IASE founder, meet at the site in Tanga.

Sebastain Kolowa Memorial University - SEKOMU

 
In 2007 the Sebastian Kolowa University College (SEKUCo) was established under the umbrella of Tumani University.  On September 30, 2012, SEKUCo was transformed into a full-fledged University known as Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU).  Its core function is to provide high quality teaching, research, consultancy and outreach to local communities and to the nation. Within the Faculty of Education, they have a Department of Special Needs which provides teacher training to students from across Tanzania.  A Masters of Education in Special Education (MEdSE) has recently been implemented.
 
Service and support needed:
  • In areas of Vision and Hearing Impairment;
  • Textbooks for students;
  • Guest lecturers;
  • Workshop conveners;
  • Campus school volunteers;
  • Books for the campus school and library;
  • Volunteers for various amounts of time.

Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Anneth Munga

SEKOMU lead staff from left: Dean Edward Bagandanshwa, Secretary Meriana Makamba, Sella Munyendo, Rev. Dr., Eberhardt Ngugi, and Dr. Andrew Mollel.

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